I'm so touched by the supportive responses here. Thank you all! 

I'm very, very new to the whole social media scene, and I'm figuring it out as I go. I feel 50% like a weirdo for writing personal things in a public forum, and 50% like it's a good thing to do. But now I wonder... am I the only weirdo submitting blog posts?  :)   I haven't seen any others, but maybe I'm not looking in the right places. In any case, I very much appreciate the comments left for me full of empathy, encouragement, and advice. 

Here's to a great month!

Photo: Flowers, foliage, and tomatoes (?!) picked yesterday from the garden. Winter is coming.